Peter Whiting, Interim Dean

About the Interim Dean

Elhoussain Baghach, IT Technician

  • Support technological needs of faculty, staff and students of the college
  • Ensure smooth and efficient IT operations that enhance the academic environment
  • Liaison between the college and UTech

Ruba Al-Wakeal, Development and External Relations Coordinator

Madeline Baker, Assistant Director of Donor Engagement and Alumni Relations

  • Initiate and manage customized stewardship strategies for a portfolio of donors
  • Collaborate with scholarship, fellowship, graduate assistantship and professorship recipients and other internal partners to create creative gratitude and impact stories
  • Manage and steward College of Arts and Sciences donor recognition societies
  • Provide support and assist in the planning for events such as homecoming, donor engagement and recognition programs throughout the year

Rebecca Benard, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Special Projects

  • Curriculum: Unified General Education Requirements (UGER) and dean’s representative for the college’s Committee on Educational Programs and the Faculty Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education, new programs and Dean’s Approved Majors
  • College of Arts and Sciences accreditation: Undergraduate learning outcomes assessment, external program reviews (Ohio Department of Higher Education and Higher Learning Commission
  • Special projects: Construction of biology teaching lab

Joy Bostic, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Engagement

  • Manage initiatives, policies and programs designed to increase diversity and foster inclusion
  • Manage diversity, equity and inclusive engagement, and social justice initiatives that interface with the Provost’s Office and the North Star Strategic Plan
  • Liaison to OIDEO and the Office of Equity
  • DEI training and best practices for faculty hiring, recruitment and retention
  • Co-PI, Humanities in Leadership Learning Series, HILLS

Wendy Brace, Director of Facilities Management

Carlos E. Crespo-Hernández, Associate Dean for Research

  • Facilitate the advancement of research, scholarly works and creative endeavors across the college, including growing external funding levels
  • Manage research administration and grant matches (Contact  Jacquie Johnson first for initial grant preparation needs)
  • Manage Expanding Horizons Initiative and W. P. Jones Presidential Faculty Development Programs (Contact Jacquie Johnson first for initial inquiries about these programs)

Emily Curto, Manager of Special Events

  • Develop, organize and execute special programs and events to support the goals of the Office of the Dean
  • Offer event planning consultation services to CAS admin, faculty, staff and students to support their activities
  • Provide support to the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative

Arthur Evenchik smiles for the camera

Arthur Evenchik, Assistant to the Dean for Special Projects

  • Contribute to the college’s communications efforts as a writer and editor
  • Coordinator, Emerging Scholars Program, which provides academic support and intensive advising to undergraduates who come to the university from Cleveland-area high schools
  • Writing coach for IMPACT, a mentoring program for underrepresented students in the Communication Sciences Program

Dan Farst, Manager, Client Applications

  • Manages the [U]Tech Client Applications Team
  • Systems Administrator for the college’s servers and cloud resources
  • IT Security for college servers, cloud resources, endpoint devices and IT systems

Daniel Fields, Development Manager

Kelly Fried, Executive Aide to the Dean

Daniel Goldmark, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Initiatives and International Affairs

  • Manages the many diverse relationships the college has with external partners
  • Works with the various Centers in the college, such as the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Gelfand STEM Center.
  • Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies

Dave Hintz, Internal Communications Manager

  • Promote the stories and successes of the college both within the college, through art/sci update and the college’s social media channels, and university wide.
  • Manage all internal communications in the Dean’s Office.
  • Liaise between University Marketing and Communications (UMC) and the college.

Janean Hite, Assistant Director of Budget and Financial Planning

  • Annual budget, quarterly and monthly forecasts, and three year planning 
  • Financial guidance to the college and approve financial transactions
  • Ensure university and college financial procedures and practices are being followed
  • Assist administrators to navigate and understand financials and universities policy on purchasing

Dee Dee Holmes, Finance Coordinator

  • Assistant to director & assistant director
  • Reconcile monthly expenses for CAS accounts 
  • Process all reimbursements for CAS departments

Beatriz Ibañez, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Finance and Administration

  • Serves as chief financial and operations officer for the college
  • Manages the college’s strategic planning, benchmarking, financial planning, reporting, forecasting and operations for facilities and space management

Jacqueline Johnson, Assistant Dean, Research Administration and Grant Development

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the college’s research and grant development office
  • Facilitate the advancement of research, scholarly works and creative endeavors, including growing funding levels across the college
  • Supervise the college’s research office

Owen Klingenberg, Office Coordinator

  • Provide direct administrative support to the Associate Deans
  • Collaborate with program staff on administrative tasks such as event planning and outreach
  • Maintain office environment and manage inventory and equipment upkeep

John McCreery, Director of Special Gifts

JD Phillips, Assistant Director of Facilities Management

Gianni Quartell, Manager of Faculty Affairs

Tara Schmitt, Senior Director, Donor Engagement and Alumni Relations

Tayrn Smith, Director of Budget and Financial Planning

Karen Tausher, Director of Information Technology

  • Strategic vision and priorities for technology
  • Liaison between the College and UTech for development improvement in all technology related areas
  • Suggest and manage technology to enhance classrooms, meeting spaces, and performance venues
  • IT support, server administration, web site management

Robert Utrup, Director of Faculty Affairs and Academic Administration

Lynne Valencic, Grants Specialist

  • SPARTA funding proposals: budgets for accuracy and completeness
  • SPARTA funding proposals: humanities and arts
  • Effort certification

Melissa Van, Director of Organizational Development and Human Resources

Marie Vibbert, Web Services Manager

  • Maintains the college’s websites
  • Provides custom software solutions for departments
  • Provides higher-tier software support

Open, Professor and Associate Dean

  • Director of SAGES (contact Erika Olbricht, interim director of SAGES)
  • Coordinates admission activities and correspondence for the college (contact Daniel Goldmark, associate dean)
  • Represents the college on learning outcomes and accreditation committees (contact Rebecca Benard, associate dean)
  • Reviews FT and PT lecturer appointment paperwork (contact Robert Utrup)
  • Monitor enrollments in college courses (contact Emily Curto)

Paul Wolansky, Associate Dean of Development and External Relations

Open, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Please direct any requests for support or questions to the dean’s office

  • Manage development, advancement, new faculty orientation, promotion and tenure and sabbaticals
  • Support department chairs, including professional development and new chair orientation
  • ODHE-HLC external reviews of departmental programs
  • Liaison for Faculty Development Committee, co-director of Post-baccalaureate Readiness for BioMedical Education (PRIME), and consensual relationship policy